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Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
by Patricia



Writing a descriptive paragraph is something you need to practice. Try taking a walk and thinking about what you see. When you write, use adjectives, adverbs and prepositional phrases. Tell what kind, how and where, and you will paint a clear picture of the place you are describing.

Also, create a mood by choosing your words carefully. Remember to use the same verb tense throughout your paragraph. If you follow these steps, your paragraph will be more effective.

Here is an example of a short descriptive paragraph.

Spring at the New Westminster Quay


     Many signs of spring are showing at the New Westminster Quay. Tiny birds are chirping cheerfully on the tables. Mallard ducks are gliding gracefully across the water. Pretty pansies are popping up proudly in the flower beds. Pink rhododendrons are blooming profusely near the buildings. Small children are playing happily in the puddles. Fit females are running energetically on the walkway. Visiting the New Westminster Quay is an uplifting experience on a spring day.

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Think about these questions and answers.

1. What is the topic sentence? The topic sentence is "Many signs of spring are showing at the New Westminster Quay."

2. How many detail sentences are there? There are six detail sentences.

 3. What is the closing sentence? The closing sentence is "Visiting the New Westminster Quay is an uplifting experience."

4. What is the adjective in the first detail sentence? The adjective in the first detail sentence is "tiny".

5. What is the adverb in the first detail sentence? The adverb in the first detail sentence is "cheerfully".

6. What is the prepositional phrase in the first detail sentence? The prepositional phrase is "on the tables".

7. What is the mood in this paragraph? The mood is uplifting.

 

(March 11, 2007)


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